Grocery delivery service Peapod announced it will test out pick-up points at several Washington, D.C. metro train stations. The six-month trial will provide groceries at the Fort Totten, Glenmont and Van Dorn Street stations, reported Progressive Grocer.
Each station will have an insulated locker for customers' groceries. First shoppers can go online and order items via the e-grocer. Then the customer can schedule a pick-up on a Monday, Wednesday or Friday between the hours of 4 and 7 p.m. An attendant will be at the locker to give shoppers their orders, but not take money (which will be done online).
Shoppers must spend a minimum of $60 with an additional $2.95 service fee.
Peg Merzbacher, VP of regional marketing at Peapod, confirmed the pilot, telling Progressive Grocer that it was "part of our commitment to find more ways to make grocery shopping easy for busy consumers. Customers can shop anytime, anywhere from their desktop, laptop, tablet or smartphone, and then pick up their groceries as they head home after work."
Looking to expand its options for shoppers, Peapod recently announced it would start offering customers a buy online pick-up in-store option, which is already available at its Giant and Stop & Shop supermarkets.
In spring, Stop & Shop expanded its Peapod delivery service to include 35 new area codes in the New England area.
-See this Progressive Grocer article
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